Here we discover an extreme partiality among Masonic soldiers that gives privileges not afforded the average soldier. When the war was over, this partiality extended to their private and public lives. For example, a Mason often found it easier to find work than did a non-Mason. If venturing into business, a Mason was assured a loan simply by giving the proper hand- shake to a Masonic banker. Should a Mason choose politics as a career, he was guaranteed votes of all Masons who had reached the Royal Arch degree (13th degree in Scottish Rite and 7th degree in York Rite), which oath reads:
I will promote a companion Royal Arch Mason’s political preferment in preference to another of equal qualifications.
Once in political office, the Mason must vote the dictates of his Masonic superiors. In the Masonic book, Webb’s Monitor, we read:
Right or wrong his very existence as a Mason hangs upon obedience to the powers immediately set above him. The one unpardonable crime in a Mason is contumacy [insubordination] or disobedience.
Masonic partiality also permits Master Masons to commit criminal acts and find protection among Masons. The Master Mason swears:
A Master Mason’s secrets given to me in charge as such, and I knowing him to be such, shall remain as secure and inviolable in my breast as in his own…murder and treason excepted.
If a Mason is a defendant in court, Masonic partiality extends to the witness stand. In the Masonic Hand Book we read:
You must conceal all the crimes of your brother Masons, except murder and treason, and these only at your own option, and should you be summoned as a witness against a brother Mason, be always sure to shield him. Prevaricate, don’t tell the whole truth in this case, keep his secrets, forget the most important points. It may be perjury to do this, it is true, but you’re keeping your obligations, and remember if you live up to your obligations strictly, you’ll be free from sin.
Masonic partiality extends to the jury box. The Blue Lodge degrees read:
Whenever you see any of our signs made by a brother Mason, and especially the grand hailing sign of distress, you must always be sure to obey them, even at the risk of your life. If you’re on a jury, and the defendant is a Mason, and makes the grand hailing sign, you must obey it; you must disagree with your brother jurors, if necessary, but you must be sure not to bring the Mason guilty, for that would bring disgrace upon our order. It may be perjury, to be sure, to do this, but then you’re fulfilling your obligation, and you know if you live up to your obligations you’ll be free from sin.
Once a Mason reaches Royal Arch degree, he is to conceal all crimes of brother Masons, including murder and treason. Royal Arch Masons swear:
I will aid and assist a companion Royal Arch Mason, when engaged in any difficulty, and espouse his cause, so far as to extricate him from the same, if in my power, whether he be right or wrong…. A companion Royal Arch Mason’s secrets, given me in charge as such, and I knowing him to be such, shall remain as secure and inviolable, in my breast as in his own, murder and treason not excepted.
Although there is an upside to being a Mason, which is preferential treatment of each other in every walk of life, including protection should a Mason himself commit crimes, there is also a downside. A Mason must agree to maintain silence of knowledgeable crimes committed by brother Masons, including murder. If summoned to court as a juror or a witness on behalf of a brother Mason being prosecuted, he must perjure himself.
Preferential treatment, partiality, and hiding crimes are contrary to Holy Scriptures that lay open on the Masonic altar. The Apostle Paul wrote in I Tim. 5:21-22, “I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.”
During War Partiality Increases Masonic Membership
Preservation of life was the bait that enabled Freemasonry to rapidly grow during our War of Independence. A soldier had a greater chance of returning home if he joined a military lodge. In Life Magazine (Oct. 8, 1956), we read: “During the Revolutionary War, Washington…favored creation of military Lodges for soldiers. There were at least 11 such Lodges, the most famous being American Union Lodge Number One. At Valley Forge, Washington helped initiate Lafayette into Masonry.”
By the time our revolution was won, Masons occupied every dominant position that militarily protected or politically governed this fledgling nation. Freemasonry confirms in a 1951 Masonic edition of the Holy Bible (page 6) that twenty-four of Washington’s major generals were Masons, as were thirty of his thirty-three brigadier generals. And of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 53 were claimed by Freemasonry to be Master Masons. In fact, there is ample evidence to show that we won the Revolution because of complicity among American, French and British Masons.
After the war, Masonic partiality helped pave the road to the White House. George Washington, an able candidate, was elected first President of the United States. His Vice President was Freemason John Adams, who is reported to have been the founder of the Masonic Lodges in New England. (John Adams was the father of President John Quincy Adams (1825-1828). For twenty years following his presidency, John Quincy Adams played an important role in the anti-Masonic Movement.)
At George Washington’s inauguration, Masonic involvements continued to prevail. Robert Livingston, Grand Master of New York’s Grand Lodge, administered the Oath of Office. Marshal of the day was Freemason General Jacob Morton. Washington’s escort was Freemason General Morgan Lewis. The Bible used for the oath of office was a Masonic Edition from St. John’s Lodge No. 1 of New York.
Again, near the end of Washington’s second term as President, when he announced that he would not seek a third term, the President received a letter from Grand Lodge of Penn. congratulating Him for his many years of Masonic and public service. Washington’s cogent response brings into focus the subtlety and importance of this stage in American Masonic development:
Fellow citizens and brothers…I have received your address with all Brotherly affection… [T]o have been, in any degree, an instrument in the hands of Providence to promote orders and union, and erect upon a solid foundation, the true principles of government, is only to have shared with many others in a labour, the result of which, let us hope, will prove through all ages a sanctuary for Brothers, and a lodge for the virtues… Permit me to reciprocate your prayers, and to supplicate that we all may meet thereafter in the eternal Temple whose Builder is the Great Architect of the Universe.
One year before his death, Washington was informed by letter that Masonic partiality had enabled evil to enter the Lodge. Agents of the European Illuminati had infiltrated his beloved Freemasonry for the express purpose of subverting our government. The letter also accused our first President of “presiding over the English lodges in this country.” (In Charles G. Finney’s book on Freemasonry, the “Introduction,” pp. lxi-lxvii, contains a brief history of the Order of the Illuminati in early America).
On Sept. 25, 1798, Washington responded to the accusation: “I have little more to add than thanks for your wishes, and favorable sentiments, except to correct an error you have run into of my presiding over the English lodges in this country. The fact is I preside over none, nor have I been in one more than once or twice within the last thirty years. I believe, notwithstanding, that none of the lodges in this country are contaminated with the principles ascribed to the society of the Illuminati.”
The accusation made of Washington that he presided “over the English lodges in this country” was to apparently suggest he was a secret agent for the British. As Masonic history records, and as we have revealed, our first President was careful not to set foot in any English lodge after the Revolution began. During and after the Revolution, Washington’s Masonic activity was only in lodges that had “dissevered” from the “mother country.” And the military lodges in which Washington officiated were founded by the French, whose great assistance in military arms, funds, and soldiering is a matter of historic record to the success of our Revolution.
However, Washington’s answer to the question of Illuminati activity in American lodges is indeed interesting. It certainly reveals his knowledge of this European order. We must therefore consider it here, since it also was the concern of Captain William Morgan, whose 1826 book was not only intended to reveal the awful blood oaths of Freemasonry, but also intended to expose Illuminati activity in American lodges.
John M. Roberts, in The Mythology of Secret Societies, states, “The illuminati were the first society to use for political subversion the machinery of secret organization offered by freemasonry…[T]hrough the craft they began to spread.”
According to Salem Kirban in Satan’s Angels Exposed, the Illuminati had already infiltrated fifteen lodges in America long before Washington wrote his Sept. 25 letter. For example, in 1785 the Columbian Lodge of the Order of the Illuminati was established in New York City. Its members included George Clinton, Governor of New York and his nephew DeWitt Clinton, who was destined to be Governor of New York during The Morgan Affair. Another member of the Columbian lodge was Clinton Roosevelt, ancestor of Franklin D. Roosevelt. And Thomas Jefferson was identified with an illuminati lodge in Virginia. According to Professor Charles Elliott Norton (1827-1908), lecturer at Harvard from 1874-1898, the Illuminati were planning to use the USA as a catalyst for their one-world government. If it could be proven that thirteen states could successfully unite under one federal government, all governments of the world could likewise unite under a one-world federation.
But, how was George Washington to know this? Although a Mason he never frequented English lodges, and rarely was active in the reconstituted American Lodges. He certainly was knowledgeable of the existence of the Illuminati, but was obviously ignorant of inroads it had made in our society.
His naivety did not last long. During the summer or fall of 1799, just months before his death, Washington was informed by John Adams that indeed the Illuminati had infiltrated American Freemasonry, and that this order was a danger to our new Republic. Because of his faith in Adams, our first president immediately warned the whole country to beware of all secret societies — not that he believed secret societies were bad, but rather that he recognized how their structure enabled easy penetration by the Illuminati, who had designs for America not in step with his own.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams later disagreed over the use of American Freemasonry by the Illuminati. In fact, “John Adams…accused Jefferson of using the lodges that he himself had founded, for subversive Illuminati purposes. The three letters of Adams which deal with this problem are in the Wittenburg Square Library in Philadelphia.”
As stated earlier, since the founding of the United Grand Lodge of England in 1717, there has been a struggle between Moderns and Ancients for the internal control of all Lodges. The Moderns were Rosicrucians who reigned from 1717 to 1813. Their prayers in Lodge ended in the Name of Jesus Christ. In 1813, when the Illuminati completed their takeover of American Masonry, they put in power the Ancients, who were deists. Since then it has been forbidden to mention the Name of Jesus Christ in Lodge.
History suggests that from our nation’s birth, Satan has had a plan for America. His plan? Use the United States of America as the catalyst for a United Nations of the World. But the God of the Bible slowed Satan’s plan with three Great Awakenings: The first two are dated 1739-1750 and 1824-1835. The Second Great Awakening took place amidst the Anti-Masonic Movement, which put American Freemasonry to flight for nearly a century.